Benjamin M. Cooke, Esq.

Business Organizations & Tax • Mergers & Acquisitions • Business & Family Succession Planning • Real Estate & Construction • Labor & Employment Relations • Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights & Insolvency Litigation • Litigation

Mr. Cooke is a member of the Business Organizations & Tax Department and serves on the Firm’s Board of Directors. Mr. Cooke focuses his practice on corporate and business matters. He handles business organization and formation, including private securities offerings, business contract issues, mergers and acquisitions, real estate matters, banking and financing, employment issues, franchise law, and bankruptcy. Mr. Cooke has represented a number of franchise clients, including franchisors of national franchise systems and numerous franchisees in the acquisition and disposition of franchise locations. He also represents a number of individuals, including professional athletes, in their business ventures from start-up to operation to disposition.

Beginning his legal career in San Antonio, Texas, Mr. Cooke advised clients on a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters. Eventually gravitating to a corporate business practice, Mr. Cooke advised clients on mergers and acquisition transactions, representing publicly traded companies, private business, and private equity. He was named a Super Lawyers Texas Rising Star in 2008.

Mr. Cooke returned home to Northeast Ohio and started practicing in June 2008, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He has represented clients regarding a variety of business transactions. He has handled all types of transactions, both asset and stock purchases, including management of the transaction process with multiple advisors and disciplines. Most recently, Mr. Cooke has focused his corporate practice on sales and acquisitions of private companies with deal values between $2 million and $110 million. In addition, Mr. Cooke serves as outside general counsel to a number of private businesses in Northeast Ohio. The expertise derived from handling these complex transactions translates perfectly to his representation of other businesses today. In recent months, Mr. Cooke has closed a number of transactions for clients ranging from an acquisition of closely held business interests to a disposition of company assets to a private equity sponsor.

Mr. Cooke is active in the community, serving as a committee member for St. Ignatius High School, the West Side Catholic Center, and the National CMV Foundation.

Practice Focus:
Corporate & Business
Mergers & Acquisitions
Succession Planning
Real Estate
Labor & Employment Relations
Bankruptcy
Commercial Litigation

Bar Admissions:
2004    State of Texas (INACTIVE)
2004    United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (INACTIVE)
2005    United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (INACTIVE)
2005    United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (INACTIVE)
2008    State of Ohio
2009    United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
2010    United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Education:
2001    University of Notre Dame (B.A.)
2004    University of Dayton School of Law (J.D.)

Recognitions & Awards:
Executive Editor, Dayton Law Review Notes and Comments (2003-2004)
Chief Justice for the University of Dayton Moot Court Team (2004)
Super Lawyers Texas Rising Star (2008)
Super Lawyers Ohio Rising Star (2018)

Professional & Civic Affiliations:
Ohio State Bar Association
University of Dayton School of Law Alumni Board of Trustees (2009-Present)
St. Ignatius High School Executive Council (2011-Present)
National CMV Foundation (Volunteer)

Publications:
Dayton Law Review, Notes and Comments, case note relating to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2004 decision in Ring v. Arizona.

 

Contact Information:
Direct (440) 695-8060
Fax (440) 695-8098
Email BCooke@WickensLaw.com